Hispanic Heritage Month 2008
September 15 through October 15

The Library will be filled with events as we celebrate the many contributions of Spain and Latino Cultures to our country’s history. All events are free and open to the public.

Download our full-color Hispanic Heritage Month brochure or use our online calendar to view, save, share, and register for Hispanic Heritage Month programs.
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Bring the kids


Sisai: Music of the Andes
photoSaturday, September 20 at 3:00pm
in the Petty Auditorium

Come hear the enchanting sounds of Andean winds and strings as they blend into a unique and peaceful sound that creates a cultural bridge through music. Sisai performs traditional music from throughout the Andean region. The shared indigenous musical heritage of Peru, Bolivia, and Sisai's native Ecuador bring us Sanjuanito, Hauyno, Taquirari, Sikuri, and Tinku rhythms.

Sisai founder Jose Muenala learned to play Andean wind instruments as a boy, inspired by the elders who continued the rich musical heritage of his people. From his self-taught beginnings on Andean mountainsides to performing for more than 16 years at hundreds of venues across the United States, Jose and the other members of Sisai have remained dedicated to a true traditional sound.

Conjunto Presents Latin Jazz
photoSunday, September 21 at 3:00pm
in the Petty Auditorium

With a flair and bite similar to that of Tito Puente, James Sanders & Conjunto fire up their audiences with zesty Latin jazz, mixing in the zing of salsa and upbeat dance rhythms with slower, bossa-like elegance.

Spanish and Latin American Songs
Sunday, September 28 at 3:00pm
in the Petty Auditorium

photoMembers of VOX 3, Chicago’s hottest vocal music collective, present an afternoon of Spanish and Latin American classical vocal music. Let songs by Spain’s Fernando Obradors, Joaquin Rodrigo, Xavier Montsalvage, and Manuel de Falla take you away to Barcelona, Madrid, and beyond. Songs by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos and Argentinean Alberto Ginastera will infuse you with exotic melodies and infectious Latin beats! The singers even offer a taste of the sultry tangos of Astor Piazzolla, vividly evoking the gritty nightlife of Buenos Aires. Come enjoy this fun and flashy, yet rarely performed, music.

Flamenco Triana
photoSunday, October 12 at 3:00pm
in the Petty Auditorium

Flamenco Triana takes you on an unforgettable journey, in which you experience the power and passion of Spanish Gypsy Flamenco, expressed through the delightful melodies of the guitar, the heartfelt expression of the singing, and the fiery and explosive footwork and hand clapping of the dancing. Flamenco's rich tradition is a vibrant blend of many cultures, deeply rooted in southern Spain. The program, which is suitable for all ages, includes audience participation and questions and answers.

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Collages by Maria Zamora Garcia
photoSeptember 12 through October 15 in the Radmacher Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, September 12 from 5:00 to 7:00pm

Works of Spanish artist Maria Zamora Garcia will be featured in the Radmacher Gallery. Zamora Garcia, who lives in Madrid, will be showing a selection of her collages, which have been featured most recently in exhibits in Barbate, Cadiz, and in Madrid. The collages are particularly interesting in their use of plain materials to obtain three-dimensional images. She teaches fine art in Mingorrubio and has been interviewed by and had her work reviewed in three of Spain’s largest newspapers: El Mundo, El País, and La Razón. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the work of one of Spain’s current artists.

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Pan’s Labyrinth
coverMonday, October 6 at 6:30pm
in the Petty Auditorium

Set in 1944 Spain, at the end of the Civil War. The reality of Ofelia ’s existence has become extremely perilous– a place of overwhelming cruelty. The young girl seeks refuge in a fantasy world, a mysterious labyrinth, where she is given three dangerous tasks. If successful, she will return as the princess of an underground realm. However, Ofelia becomes the center of an intense battle between good and evil. Directed by Guillermo del Toro; this movie won several international film awards, including 3 Academy Awards.
Released 2006 – 119 minutes – R for graphic violence and some language
In Spanish with English subtitles

coverMonday, September 22 at 7:00pm
in the Petty Auditorium

The difference one day can make, and how an act of kindness can matter– these are two big themes explored in this movie by writer/director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde. Nina, a waitress at a Mexican restaurant, is fired for being late. Jose, the head chef and brother of her boss, impulsively runs after her. He learns that Nina is pregnant, single, and worried. They spend time together, talking and walking around New York City. By the end, both have helped each other.
Released 2006 – 91 minutes – PG-13 for thematic elements and brief disturbing images
In English with some Spanish

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Bring the Kids

Storytime in Spanish
Photo: Tuesday, September 23 from 7:00 to 7:30pm

Join us for a fun, interactive storytime in Spanish featuring stories, action rhymes, and songs. For ages 3 to 7.
Registration is required and begins September 2. Register online or call 847.324.3149

Adventure Club Treks to Puerto Rico
photo: Friday, September 26 from 4:00 to 5:00pm

Get your imaginary passport ready as we travel to the island of Puerto Rico. Don’t forget to bring your scuba gear– Puerto Rico is home of the Puerto Rico Trench, the deepest submarine depression in the North Atlantic Ocean. For grades Kindergarten through 3.
Registration is required and begins September 2. Register online or call 847.324.3149.

photo: Family Fun @ Your Library: Let’s Visit Mexico Off the Beaten Path
Friday, October 3 from 6:30 to 8:30pm

Get set to travel to Mexico and explore the country through art and food. Led by an artist from the National Museum of Mexican Art, each family will create a Mexican tree of life that includes a symbol or representation of each family member. For ages 5 and older accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Space is limited.
Registration is required and begins September 2. Register online or call 847.324.3149.

Maya & Miguel logo, ©2008 Scholastic Entertainment Inc.Celebrate with Maya and Miguel
Sunday, October 12 from 1:00 to 2:30pm

Maya and Miguel, the brother and sister duo from PBS's popular children's show, will visit the Library to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Parents, don't forget your camera!
Registration is not required.

Families are welcome to attend the performances, as well. The Sisai, Latin Jazz, and Flamenco performances are especially appropriate for all ages. Children need to be able to sit quietly to attend the Spanish and Latin American Songs concert.


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